Uptown Houston is a destination in and of itself. Anchored by Post Oak Boulevard, visitors can shop, dine, stay and work without ever having to leave the area. For Uptown Houston novices, we’ve put together a list of must-try restaurants for a perfect day of eating in Uptown. Visitors can sit back, relax and make the needed reservations for a delicious day on the town.
As the most important meal of the day, we suggest starting off you morning with Kenny and Ziggy’s New York Deli. Get a taste of New York’s finest deli offerings in the heart of Houston with classic deli fare and breakfast served all day. Wake up with handcrafted coffee, blintzes, pancakes, egg options galore and the weekly breakfast specials. To live like a true New Yorker in Houston, be sure to get bagels and lox, complete with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cream cheese. The fish is flown in daily from New York, oh vey!
Another perfect breakfast or brunch spot, depending on your wake-up call, is Adair Kitchen. The fresh food destination offers satisfying sweet and savory breakfast options like the double-thick French toast or the farmers market skillet of two eggs, chorizo, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, purple onion and goat cheese. Need an additional healthy pick-me-up drink? Check out Adair’s fresh-squeezed juice bar.
When you’re in Houston, a need for Mexican food will likely hit you hard. One perfect lunch option to curb that craving is Caracol Mexican Coastal Kitchen. The restaurant’s two for $24 lunch menu is a great option to get multiple tastes of Mexico. Enjoy two delicious dishes of your choice including the pozole verde, smoked calamari with onions, peppers and chipotle-tomatillo salsa, ceviche with lime-cured snapper, creamy lobster rice with corn and chipotle butter, crispy rolled pork tacos with avocado-tomatillo salsa and raw tuna tostadas to name a few potential pairings. There are also raw oysters on the half shell, along with other entrées like the crispy catch of the day, shrimp tacos, and chicken and cheese stuffed poblano peppers.
For the lady who lunches, check out Bloom & Bee in the Post Oak Hotel. Kick it up a notch with caviar, crab cakes, charcuterie, sushi, flatbreads, plenty of delicious salad options, sandwiches and entrées. Ingredients are locally sourced from farmers, ranchers, fisherman and artisans. Be sure to treat yourself to a lunchtime cocktail like the signature rosé sangria.
It’s five o’clock somewhere, so when your 5 p.m. hits, enjoy happy hour at The Tasting Room at Uptown Park. With daily happy hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy select white wines, red wines, an assortment of bubbles, rosé, beer and cocktails while relaxing on the outdoor patio area. Further, there are additional specials during the week, like half-price wines on Tuesdays. For guests in need of a little snack, enjoy the happy hour small bites menu with deviled eggs, truffled beef carpaccio, Spanish style edamame and tempura mushrooms.
Another culinary change of pace would be the delicious Italian-inspired bites at North Italia. Enjoy happy hour zucca chips, the daily pizza, bruschetta or chef’s charcuterie board coupled with a $5 glass or $16 bottle of red wine, white wine or sangria.
One romantic spot for dinner is Etoile Cuisine et Bar also in Uptown Park. The French food at this Uptown establishment does not disappoint and changes depending on seasonal availability. The seared foie gras is not to be missed, as well as the mushroom ravioli with port wine, white truffle oil and aged Parmesan. There’s also a divine roasted duck breast. Further, patrons can give back to the local community when they order off of the prix fixe menu. Let the wait staff expertly guide you through the menu with recommendations on house favorites.
Uptown Sushi is another great Uptown Park option for anyone wanting delicious Japanese-fusion and sushi for dinner. After a big day of eating, sushi is often the perfect way to lighten up you meal. Recently, Uptown Sushi underwent a complete renovation of its restaurant and menu. Chef Donald Chang has signature nigiri options like tuna with tamari soy sauce, fennel, jalapeño and infused tofu or freshwater eel with in-house mango cheesecake. There are also plenty of delicious maki like the Likety Split or Optimus rolls.
We have one additional tip for visitors, save room for dessert! We suggest heading to Bouchée Patisserie in The Post Oak Hotel. Open late, this Paris-style confectionery is the perfect place to unwind, enjoy bonbons, cake, gelato, chocolate and specialty coffee. When walking into Bouchée Patisserie, you’ll feel like you just stumbled into a decadent Parisian hideaway for a late night treat.